Fisher Taylor-Gaunt accepting musical theatre submissions

Fisher Taylor-Gaunt Productions is offering four writing teams the opportunity to develop their musicals.  Each successful musical will receive a week’s worth of development in Spring 2015, culminating in a 30-minute showcase in a Central London venue.

Each successful musical will be paired with an established industry director to help develop it alongside the writers.  Rehearsal space and cast will also be provided by The Musical Theatre Academy (

Each successful application will receive:

  • A week-long development process.
  • A director and Musical Director to help develop the showcase with them.
  • A cast to develop the showcase with them.
  • Rehearsal space for development workshops.
  • A showcase of 30 minutes worth of material in a central London venue at the end of the development process.

  • Application Specification:
  • You must be a UK resident.
  • Your piece must not have been produced professionally before.
  • Your musical does not have to be completed.  We are looking for projects to develop and will accept applications as long as there is enough material for the showcase.
  • If based on a novel/film/play, or if you are using music that is in copyright, you must obtain the rights prior to applying.
  • You may only submit up to 2 musicals per writer.

    Submission Content:

    Please send:

  • Three contrasting songs (including a chorus number if your musical contains a chorus).  They require the sheet music, lyric sheet, and an MP3 recording of each song. They will not judge on the quality of the recording.
  • Two scenes of dialogue from the musical.
  • A brief synopsis of the story, adding titles of musical numbers in where appropriate.
  • A suggestion for the structure of a 30-minute showcase of your musical.
  • A CV for each of the writers, detailing their previous experience.
  • A cover letter stating your ambitions for the piece, and what potential you feel it has.
Please send your submissions (and any questions) to:

Deadline: 28 December 2014 at 6pm

Source: email circular

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 28 November 2014

Our weekly Friday round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).

Opportunities are now grouped into three sections: 1) Opportunities with Deadlines; 2) Ongoing opportunities (no deadline); and 3) Workshops and Events.

Opportunities with deadlines:

Full-day Introduction to Playwriting Workshop with Fin Kennedy of Tamasha (£50 fee) – Deadline: 28 November 2014

Competition to write new play inspired by Staffordshire Hoard for New Vic Newcastle – Deadline: 28 November 2014

Theatre Renegade seeking playwright for Courting Drama at Southwark Playhouse – Deadline: 28 November 2014

The Wagon accepting applications for comedy writing internship (paid) – Deadline: 30 November 2014 at 5pm

Talawa Theatre Company accepting scripts from emerging Black British writers – Deadline 30 November 2014

Goblin Baby accepting scripts about sexual abuse and violence for UNHEARD 2015 – Deadline 30 November 2014

Writer Wanted for Commission for Bravo 22 Company in Buckinghamshire – Deadline 30 November 2014

Tabard Theatre seeking scripts for Playmaker’s Festival 2015 – Deadline: 1 December 2014

BFI Academy residential for film writers aged 16-19 – Deadline: 1 December 2014

Hollyoaks seeking senior story writer/ editor – Deadline: 4 December 2014

Writing Platform Bursary 2015 – supporting collaboration between writers and technologists (£4,000 bursary) – Deadline: 4 December 2014

Proscenium Theatre Journal accepting play submissions – Deadline: 5 December 2014

Vertical Line accepting scripts for young audiences – Deadline: 5 December 2014

IdeasTap offering places on film development workshop with SAI/Working Title – Deadline: 11 December 2014

SCI-FEST LA accepting submissions of short plays – Deadline: 15 December 2014

Jessie Kesson Fellowship open for applications from writers with a production credit – Deadline: 15 December 2014 at 5pm

The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award (£32,000 grant) – Deadline: 19 December 2014

Heavy Weather call out for playwrights! – Deadline: 22 December 2014

Lost Theatre seeking plays for 5 Minute Festival (£10 entry fee, self-producing preferred, £100 prize) – Deadline: 28 December 2014

East End Literary Salon seeking 10-20 minute submissions – Deadline: 31 December 2014

The North Wall (Oxford) accepting applications for writer residency – Deadline: 31 December 2014

Carabosse seeking 5-20 minute submissions for Pub Theatre night (Milton Keynes, open to London writers) – Deadline: 31 December 2014

Calling all film makers! IdeasTap £10K Film Fund accepting applications – Deadline: 19 January 2015

Constance Cox Playwriting Competition from Sussex Playwrights’ Club (£7 entry fee, £280 prize) – Deadline: 24 January 2015

Bruntwood Prize coming back soon, get your scripts ready! – Competition to be launched on 29 January 2015

Brockley Jack seeking full length plays for Write Now 6 (for playwrights with a connection to SE London) – Deadline: 30 January 2015

IdeasTap Quarterly Editor’s Brief: Family (£250 prize) – Deadline: 30 January 2015

Ten Minute Play Competition from Sussex Playwrights’ Club (£5 entry fee) – Deadline: 31 January 2015

Sky Arts – Scholarships of £30k available for emerging talent including playwrights! – Deadline: 26 February 2015

Giant Cherries LGBT Playwriting Competition 2015 (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 28 February 2015

Saving Endangered Species (SES) International Playwriting Prize (California, $100 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2015


Ongoing submissions:

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Fractured Lines accepting scripts for new writing night – Deadline: rolling

Theatrelab accepting scripts – rolling submissions

Mind the Gap seeking plays by British Writers for performance in NYC ($5 fee) – Deadline:  None posted.  Plays to be produced in November 2014

Kings Head Theatre seeking work in development for Without Decor – Deadline: none posted

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

Performance Platform Opportunity, University of Greenwich – Deadline: None posted

Quids In Theatre Co seeking 40-60 minute plays for lunchtime series – Deadline: Ongoing

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month through to June 2014.

ScriptSpace development workshop at The Space – Deadline: None

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: None posted

Events and workshops: 

Mike Bartlett speaking at Waterstones Hampstead – 28 November 2014 at 7pm

IdeasTap Spa hosting free Q&A with Louise Stephen & Henry Swindell – Workshop date: 29 November 2014 at 6.30pm

IdeasTap workshop – how to produce an evening of short plays – Workshop date: 3 December 2014 at 6.30pm

IdeasTap Workshop – Write Now 6: Synopsis Surgery (2) – Workshop date: 4 December 2014 at 4pm – 6pm

Vertical Lines holding a writer response event– 7 December 2014 at 3pm

BFI Academy residential for film writers aged 16-19

ARE YOU AGED 16-19? ARE YOU PASSIONATE AND COMMITTED ABOUT WRITING FOR FILM? Then the BFI Film Academy Residential Programme in Screenwriting is for you!

The BFI are looking for 25 of the most talented and committed young writers from across the UK to take part in an intensive and exciting residential training programme that will kick-start a career in the film industry.

Delivered at the historic Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle upon Tyne, the BFI Film Academy Residential Programme in Screenwriting offers:

• An exclusive insider’s view of how to break into the film business

• The opportunity to work with a mentor to produce your own short film script

• Teaches the craft skills necessary to succeed as a screenwriter

• The chance to network with leading industry professionals such as Peter Straughan (BAFTA award winning writer of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

The programme takes place between January and February 2015 and the cost of taking part is £50 (to cover accomodation and catering costs) with a limited number of bursaries available.

How to apply: visit the website

Deadline: 1 December 2014.

Source: BBC Writersroom

IdeasTap workshop – how to produce an evening of short plays

Head to IdeasTap HQ to meet Ugly Sister Productions (As of 2015 to be known as The Story Project), a new writing theatre company headed up by Esther Jane Shepherd and Julia McShane. They are responsible for The Story Project – a large project where they collaborate with writers, directors, and actors to make ten brand new pieces of theatre. The 6th incarnation of this successful project will be taking place at The Arcola in early 2015.

They will discuss programming, working with venues, recruiting teams, challenges they have faced and working on a small budget. Please come armed with questions.

When: 3 December 2014 at 18.30 – 20.00

Where: IdeasTap HQ, Bermondsey

Book here.

Sky Arts – Scholarships of £30k available for emerging talent including playwrights!

(Note: this opportunity is open to playwrights but not TV/ Film scripts)

Sky Academy invites IdeasTap members to apply for one of five £30,000 Arts Scholarships (€38,000). These life-changing bursaries, which include a programme of expert mentoring, allow each scholar to focus exclusively on their creative practice for an entire year. Get ready to give up that day job…

The scholarships are open to artists aged 18-30 and are designed to help emerging talent from a range of disciplines to develop their work and take their careers to the next level. In addition to financial support, winners are paired with business and creative mentors from Sky and their industry to support them along the way.

Sky Academy Arts Scholarships are open to individuals working in the following fields:

• Performing arts: theatremakers including directors, spoken word artists, puppeteers and live artists

• Dance: dancers and choreographers

• Music: musicians, composers, songwriters and conductors

• Visual arts: including painters, sculptors, photographers, animators and digital artists

• Creative producing: do you bring together disparate parts of culture in exciting and innovative ways? This category is open to creative producers working in visual arts, theatre, film and performance/dance

• Creative writing: including playwrights, novelists, graphic novelists and poets – but not film or TV scripts

The five winners won’t necessarily come from five different categories. Looking at all the applications, the judges will pick the five entries they believe to be the strongest overall.

How to apply: apply through IdeasTap where you will be asked to upload supporting material

Deadline: 26 February 2015

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs

Calling all film makers! IdeasTap £10K Film Fund accepting applications

Filmmakers! IdeasTap are offering £10K to fund the production of a short film of any genre. The only restriction is that they are looking for film makers who have at least one short film under their belt. The length of the film can be anything up to 25 minutes.  They will issue the cash by the end of February and the deadline for completing the film will be August 2015. The final decision on which project wins will be made by Iain Canning, Oscar winning producer at See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech, Shame, Tracks)

How to apply: apply through IdeasTap. You’ll be asked for the following:

A synopsis for your project –

An extract from your script, if applicable (maximum ten pages) – Your CV –

If your project is an animation, please include images which give a sense of the visual style your film will have –

An extract or full short film under five minutes in length, on which you have a writer, director, producer or editor credit –

A budget; if you believe the budget of your film will exceed £10k, please include in your application how you intend to raise the remainder of the budget

-A distribution strategy – this could include identifying festivals which you would submit the film to or organising your own screenings. We want to see that you have thought about how the film will find an audience

A line on each of your proposed collaborators (if applicable) Please note you can edit your project’s privacy settings in ‘Portfolio settings’ to ensure that only the brief judges can view the project.

Make sure that you have a photo on your profile. As with all IdeasTap briefs, you have to have a profile photo or image to be eligible. It doesn’t have to be a headshot, and you won’t be judged on the quality of the image.

Deadline: 19 January 2015

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs

IdeasTap offering places on film development workshop with SAI/Working Title

The Screen Arts Institute (SAI) is offering 10 IdeasTap members a free place at a one-day story development workshop here at IdeasTap HQ. Places on this workshop usually cost £179. The workshop will be held on Thursday 18 December from 10.30-5.30. You must be able to attend this date to apply. The workshop is designed to help you:

  • Find the emotional heart of your story
  • Find the best structure to illustrate it
  • Communicate your movie effectively to producers, directors and stars

Each attendee will be actively involved in pitching and undertaking story-development exercises during the day. You will also receive further learning and industry resources from the SAI. One workshop attendee will then be chosen to go forward and pitch direct to Harriet Spencer, Working Title’s development executive, and to the film director Oliver Parker. The workshop will take place at IdeasTap HQ in London, and will be hosted by TV and film development guru, Stephen May (director of the SAI). The brief will be judged by Stephen May and the IdeasTap team.

How to apply: applications must be made through IdeasTap, where you will be asked to submit a one page outline and 10 pages of your script.

Deadline: 11 December 2014

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs

Vertical Line accepting scripts for young audiences

Vertical Line is inviting writers to submit a brief or 10 pages from a full length script made for 10 year olds. Selected plays will be performed at Little Line Up, a new writing event for young audiences. The performance will take place on 17 January 2015 at a Greenwich Theatre as a matinee performance – it will be a family friendly event and audiences will range from toddlers to 10 year olds.

5 pieces will be selected and performed as 15 minute extracts at the event.

How to submit: send material to

Deadline: 5 December 2014 at 9pm

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Page